Sherlock: Benedict Cumberbatch says Sherlock is too busy for sex!

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

With the third series of Sherlock currently being filmed its main star Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that we won’t be seeing a new love interest for his alter-ego, as Sherlock is too busy for sex!

Throughout the novels of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, which Sherlock is based on, there was only ever one woman in Sherlock’s life, Irene Adler, but even she only actually featured in one story (though she was referred to continuously thereafter).

In the BBC modern twist on the famous detective series, Irene has already featured, played by Lara Pulver who said that, although she won’t be returning in series 3, there is a strong possibility her character will still be back.

Discussing the prospect during a recent interview with Spinoff Online Pulver, who is currently starring in the hit new Starz drama Da Vinci’s Demons, explained:

“She’s definitely not dead, which is always a good start. I think there are some other integral key characters they want to introduce into Season 3, which is kind of going to be their focus, and some new stories to tell.”

“However, I have no doubt at some point Irene Adler will be back in that BBC show. It was such a wonderful piece of writing on Steven Moffat’s part, and it’s become a very kind of iconic relationship between Holmes and Adler. There’s definitely more to be explored, but it might not be in the immediate future.”

And it would seem that her presence won’t be particularly missed by Sherlock, as Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor who plays him, has revealed that the famous London detective is far too busy for sex this series.

Speaking to the Sun newspaper, the actor explained:

“He’s repressed his sexual drive and a lot of other things in his life, simply because he doesn’t want to waste his time. The man’s too busy to have sex – that’s really what it is.

“Not every man has a sex drive that needs to be attended to. Like a lot of things in his life where he’s purposely dehumanised himself, it’s to do with not wanting the stuff that is time-wasting, that’s messy. That goes for certain relationships as well as sexual intimacy.”


“To the Victorian eye he’s an eccentric, but I think he has purposely repressed those things”, Benedict concluded on the subject of his character’s sex life.”

Watch a clip of Sherlock with Irene Adler below: